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Samdech Tep Vong: I too hope to end war and conflict.

Religious leaders have called for inter faith communications to enable the  achievement of religious harmony and that  comparative study on scriptures and communication in interfaith dialogue is highly desired.

Mr. Sim Mohddaud, Director of International Cooperation Department of Highest Council for Islamic Religious Affairs Cambodia, in stating this added that it is crucial to overcome the difference in religious ideal and to communicate with each other through the teachings of religious scriptures.

“Therefore, comparative study on scriptures and communication in interfaith dialogue is highly desirable,” he said when speaking at the conference on Peace Message for the Implementation of Peaceful Religions hosted by the  Supreme Patriarch’s Cabinet of Cambodia and Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and an international NGO under the UN ECOSOC.

This conference discussed the role of religion in overcoming religious conflicts and  protecting individual religious faith. About 450 participants including religious leaders from Buddhism, Islam and Christianity in Cambodia, South Korea, Vietnam, India and Singapore joined the event.

Samdech Preah Agga Maha Sangharajadhipat Tep Vong, when addressing the participants said: “Like Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, I too hope to end war and conflict through cooperation with HWPL and hope that future generations will live peacefully.”

He added that Mr. Lee has worked with all the leaders in various sectors in the world and he has made peace possible in this age and left peace as a legacy in the future

Regarding human rights concerns, main speakers at the conference said that public attention is needed for the matter of religious repression in order to achieve religious harmony. Speakers voiced that there shouldn’t be a violation of human rights against those who have different religions.

Ms. Hoy Sochivanny, President of Positive Change for Cambodia, urged attention to human rights for believers, saying “Religion should serve as an educator teaching good behavior to all people in the world. However, some religions are threatening freedom of religion and human rights of religious people. Each religion must cease to do evil in the name of religion.”

In addition, Mr. Man Hee Lee, chairman of HWPL, said:  “Today’s world is different from the old days. There are many things that can destroy the world. So now we must end the war in the world and leave eternal peace to our future generations. Everyone will become a messenger of peace and let’s make peace together.”

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